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Indian Colonial Silver Salt and Pepper Castors (pair)
Reference: S1451
Period: George IV
Year: 1822-1826
Silversmith: Twentyman, Beck & Co
Place: Calcutta
Price: R 4 058.00
Weight: 269 grams
Dimensions: 10.5 cm height, 4.5 cm diameter
Condition: Pepper excellent, salt good. The salt castor has seen more use, gadrooned rim worn. Lids fit well, interior gilding of pepper excellent, interior of salt has been cleaned.

Description: A pair of Indian Colonial silver salt and pepper castors, cylindrical in shape standing on a raised circular foot, with removable dome shaped lids. Each castor has 3 gadrooned rims, and retain their original engraving "salt" and "pepper". The pepper castor has smaller holes in a different pattern (salt having larger holes for shaking), the pepper also has its original interior gilding. A similar pair is depicted on page 152 of "Indian Colonial Silver" by Wilkinson, who describes their shape and design as being unique to Indian Colonial silver (pg 165). The hallmarks include makers mark TB&Co, 2 pseudo marks (crowned lion passant and lion rampant holding a crown, pg 155 Wilkinson). The lion rampant mark is a reproduction of the crest of the HEIC (Honorable East India Company), which may have indicated official patronage (Wilkinson, pg 155). Twentyman & Beck, who worked between 1822 and 1826 from 4 Tank Square, Calcutta, were also the only Indian Colonial firm to use a crowned lion passant. The 2 castors also have a tallymark, thought to denote the Indian craftsman who made the piece - one is tallymark 27 (Wilkinson pg 171).
Indian Colonial Silver Salt and Pepper Castors (pair)
Indian colonial silver salt and pepper castors

Indian Colonial Silver Salt and Pepper Castors (pair)
Castors open showing gilding

Indian Colonial Silver Salt and Pepper Castors (pair)
Top of castors

Indian Colonial Silver Salt and Pepper Castors (pair)
Back of castors

Indian Colonial Silver Salt and Pepper Castors (pair)
Detail showing wear

Indian Colonial Silver Salt and Pepper Castors (pair)
Hallmarks 1

Indian Colonial Silver Salt and Pepper Castors (pair)
Hallmarks 2

Indian Colonial Silver Salt and Pepper Castors (pair)
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